As the mercury starts to rise, so do the number of motorcycles on the road. It is an exhilarating way to travel; unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous way to travel as inattentive motorists simply do not see the bikes or blatantly ignore the rights of motorcyclists. When motorcyclists are involved in an accident, they typically sustain more serious injuries that result in permanent disabilities. Worse yet, many motorcycle accidents in Alabama are fatal because riders have little protection beyond their helmets.
Police are investigating an early morning hit-and-run accident involving a motorcycle, a semi-truck and another vehicle that left the driver of the motorcycle dead. No other injuries were reported. The motorcyclist was initially hit by the semi-truck. The impact knocked the motorcyclist off his bike and into the road where he was subsequently run over by the other vehicle; investigators believe this was the cause of death. The driver of that vehicle did not stop, but was later located based on eyewitness accounts and arrested for leaving the scene of the accident. Depending on the final outcome of the investigation, he could be charged with more serious crimes.
The accident could be ruled a traffic homicide. One or both drivers of the other vehicles involved could be cited for their negligence and the family of the victim could be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages or other monetary damages. Those who sustain disabling motorcycle injuries or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident may want to speak with a personal injury attorney to discuss their rights.
Source: 48 News, “Motorcyclist killed in Priceville hit-and-run identified,” WAFF.com staff, June 26, 2013.